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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Five common misunderstandings about accident claims


    As a law firm with over 800 lawyers placed right across the United Kingdom, Accident Advice Helpline has a vast knowledge of claims and the process of making an accident claim, this includes the areas of accidents at work, road traffic accidents and slips, trips and falls. We aim to make the claim process as efficient, easy, and transparent as possible for all our clients. Here is our guide to 5 common misunderstandings about accident claims.

    A lengthy court case is involved in an accident claim

    If you’ve been injured and the other party was clearly at fault, then often they will be willing to make a settlement outside of court in order to be done with the process as quickly as possible and avoid having their name and possibly their reputation dragged through the courts. This results in a speedy claim process and many of our clients won’t have to appear in court at all.

    A claim will make me rich

    A claim for compensation is designed to right a wrong. The amount of compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries, but the aim of compensation is not to enrich the claimant, but rather to restore them to their original position, had the accident or injury never occurred. Sometimes your loss cannot be measured in monetary terms and you may be rewarded a higher pay-out as a result of the trauma you’ve suffered, but claims are not a get-rich-quick scheme.

    If I suffer any further injuries down the line, I can ask for more compensation

    This is unfortunately not the case. Although some symptoms or injuries may not become apparent until years after the original incident, any amounts paid out or settlements are final and cannot be revisited in the future. This is why it is important to make a note of all injuries and be seen by a specialist as soon as possible after the incident. Once you have accepted an amount of compensation, you cannot seek to have this retroactively increased.

    I can make a claim any time I want

    This is unfortunately not true. Accident Advice Helpline only pursues claims for compensation for incidents that have occurred within the last three years. The Statute of Limitations governs how long you may be able to bring a case after the initial accident.

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    I can seek whatever level of compensation I want

    The amount you will receive will be calculated according to a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries and any time off work needed to recuperate. A calculation is always made by a 3rd party.

    Date Published: January 7, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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